Forest Fires in February are in the news.

To put the issue in a wider perspective Dr Johann Goldammer
Director, Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
Fire Ecology Research Group
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
in Freiburg , Germany
has kindly sent this annotated list of informative websites:

We are focusing on publishing / mirroring news from policies and politics, and the developments influencing fire, or being influenced by fire, always lagging behind, because it is enormously time consuming to select online reports (out of around 100 per day) and finally mirroring them in the online archive. Thus, 2021 is not yet there:

https://gfmc.online/media-highlights-on-fire-policies-and-politics.html
The GWFN is working now through 8 Regional Centers (3 of them not yet online):

https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/globalnet.html

The SE Asia Center indeed is very much focusing on the equatorial region and problems:
https://rfmrc-sea.org/

Therefore the Thailand-based “Upper ASEAN Region” is covered by a dedicated Research Unit:
http://frc.forest.ku.ac.th/sru/indexen.php
You will find the contacts on that website.

Reducing excessive use of fire in land use and land-use change is in the focus everywhere, including replacing harmful agricultural burning by alternative methods of biomass use, disposal or soil incorporation.

Viet Nam is struggling hard, latest evidence is the “DIRECTIVE – STRENGTHENING STATE MANAGEMENT MEASURES ON BURNING OF RICE STRAW, CROP BY-PRODUCTS AND OTHER WASTES TO MINIMIZE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON THE CITY ENVIRONMENT”

http://www.hanoimoi.com.vn/tin-tuc/Khoa-hoc/979048/ha-noi-se-cham-dut-viec-dot-rom-ra-chat-thai-tu-ngay-1-1-2021

See also here:
https://thuvienphapluat.vn/van-ban/Tai-nguyen-Moi-truong/Chi-thi-15-CT-UBND-2020-quan-ly-nha-nuoc-doi-voi-hoat-dong-dot-rom-ra-khong-dung-quy-dinh-Ha-Noi-454112.aspx

The realization / law enforcement in Viet Nam, like in Thailand and the rest of the developing world, including countries in transition, is not easy.

We think that the culture of addressing landscape fires and landscape fire management bin a more holistic way is evolving, see the outcomes of IWFC-7 (Campo Grande, Brazil, 2019):
https://gfmc.online/iwfc/brazil-2019.html
go to Campo Grande Statement.

Best to Chiang Mai
Johann